1 / 8We don't call them comfort food for nothing -- and we reach for them whenever our mood needs a little boost.
"Many people are emotional eaters, and when they're stressed or in a bad mood, favorite foods can provide mood elevation," says registered dietician Colleen Gerg. "But overeating high-calorie foods is bound to cause regret and make one feel worse than they felt in the first place."
Fortunately, that doesn't mean you have to deprive yourself when you need a lift! Instead, choose true comfort foods -- ones that increase levels of serotonin (a feel-good neurotransmitter in the brain), keep your blood sugar steady and your gastrointestinal tract running smoothly, all of which contribute to good mental health.
Here, we serve up a day's worth of smart choices to help you eat your way to happiness.